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Illegal supply of silt from Brahmaputra continues
Correspondent
 AZARA, March 31 At a time when the government and the departments concerned have introduced many ordinances to check cutting of hills and filling of low-lying areas taking into account the natural disaster as well as artificial flood or water logging, a group of traders have been cutting the hills in Rani area and depositing the soil in some low-lying areas in and around the LGBI airport since a couple of months.

It has been learnt from some reliable sources that some traders in this locality are cutting the hills with excavators day and night and supplying the soil at higher prices. Sources also said that the suppliers without prior permission from the district administration or authority concerned are doing it unabated. They are doing it just by managing the local forest and police authority, the sources said. Despite a ban by the Kamrup(M)district administration and the GMDA, the traders are filling the low-lying areas around the airport which has caused artificial flood and water logging in the surrounding areas every year during the rainy season.

Moreover, some so-called unemployed youths of Mazirgaon area under Azara revenue circle the Kamrup (M) district are illegally collecting silt from the bed of the river Brahmaputra and earning a huge amount of money by supplying it to the nearby areas regularly. It may be noted here that for collecting silt, one has to take permission from the district administration as well as from the forest department. After taking due permission, one has to deposit the royalty as per norms to the government exchequer. Then only one is granted permission to do the same. But no such things are observed in this regard. As such, the government is losing a huge amount of royalty. A section of conscious people in the locality told this correspondent that the youths by managing the local forest and police authority are supplying truck loads of silt illegally, thus causing serious hardships to the pedestrians, cyclists, students as well as other people in Dharapur, Garal Bhattapara, Kendukuchi and Mazirgaon areas. They have therefore urged the circle officer. Azara revenue circle, to halt such illegal business immediately.

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